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Connecticut Invests $5M for More Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Connecticut is building new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford to keep critical buildings and facilities powered even when the grid goes down. Through the second round of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program, the projects have been awarded a total of $5.1 million. In Bridgeport, the funding will ensure   …Continue Reading

District Energy System Deals with Suspended Solids

Linda Hardesty

A district energy system in New Orleans provides services to the New Orleans Regional Medical Center (NORMC) and other clients. The facility provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks. In 2009, Hurricane Katrina’s flooding led   …Continue Reading

Countries Commit to Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

At the UN Climate Summit, a new Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform was launched under the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. One of the initiative’s primary goals is doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The Platform includes five energy efficiency sector initiatives: vehicles, lighting, appliances, buildings and district energy systems.   …Continue Reading

Amazon Advances District Heating in Seattle

Linda Hardesty

Amazon is making plans to heat some of its buildings in downtown Seattle with waste heat generated from data centers in the nearby Westin Building, according to Geek Wire. An underground system of pipes will transfer waste heat via water from the data centers to the Amazon buildings; once the water has cooled down, it   …Continue Reading

Vortisand Helps NOLO’s District Energy Center Clean Up Its Water

Karen Henry

Enwave’s District Energy Center in New Orleans provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks, including the New Orleans Regional Medical Center. After Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, all of Enwave’s cooling water systems   …Continue Reading

Canadian Condominium Complex to Plug into City’s District Energy System

Karen Henry

An 18-story condominium complex slated for construction in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, will be the first residential building to hook up to the Galt District Energy System, according to an article in the Guelph Mercury. Plugging into the shared energy network will eliminate the need for the River Mill Condominium complex to install a furnace, boiler,   …Continue Reading

UK Looks to Rivers for Heat Pump Energy

Linda Hardesty

A map published by the UK government finds that there are around 40 urban rivers and estuaries in Britain that could provide large-scale renewable heating supplies to local communities through water source heat pumps, instead of traditional gas-fired or electric heating. Water source heat pumps operate by taking heat from the water and feeding it   …Continue Reading

Slovakian City Uses Waste-to-Energy System for Heating

Linda Hardesty

ElectraTherm commissioned 10 Green Machine 4400s for the city of Levice, Slovakia in June 2014. ElectraTherm’s Czech distributor, GB Consulting, facilitated the deployment of organic rankine cycle (ORC) systems on a centralized district heating system in Slovakia as a means of increasing on-site efficiency and generating clean energy. To date, the site has accumulated over   …Continue Reading

New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10B District Heating Market

Karen Henry

Traditionally, buildings are fueled by petroleum, natural gas, electricity and coal, but an opportunity exists to decouple the energy source from the building, through district heating (DH) networks. According to a report from Lux Research titled “Heating for the Future: Identifying Global Hotspots for District Energy,” DH can deliver cost gains of up to 74   …Continue Reading

Grants Available for Energy Resiliency

William Opalka

Massachusetts has created the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative, a $40 million grant program intended to help ensure energy resiliency at critical facilities . State funding will be made available to cities and towns that identify the facilities in their community where loss of electrical service would result in disruption of critical public safety functions,   …Continue Reading

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